Fugitive of the Judoon - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Fugitive of the Judoon.
Written by Vinay Patel
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Jo Martin, Neil Stuke and Ritu Aryać.

Ko Sho Blo! Trigger-happy space police the Judoon are targeting 21st-century Gloucester. The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham race back to Earth in order to prevent them doing too much damage to the cathedral city. But who are they looking for, and what did they do to incur the wrath of the Judoon?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Doctor Who: Series 12




Doctor Who: Dark UniverseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Dark Universe (Credit: Big Finish)The latest audio release from Big Finish, the Seventh Doctor crossover story Doctor Who: Dark Universe is released today.

Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Mark Bonnar star in a brand new story that picks up the threads of the relationship between the Doctor and an older Ace, in her now grown-up role as CEO of A Charitable Earth,.

Doctor Who: Dark Universe is available now as a collector’s edition CD or on download at the Big Finish website from £12.99.
The Eleven has a plan. A grand plan. An appalling plan. A plan that endangers all life in the cosmos.

With Ace working against him, the Doctor must rely on scheming Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra for help. The stage is set for an epic confrontation.

Because the Doctor has a plan to stop the Eleven. A grand plan. An appalling plan. A plan that endangers all life in the cosmos.

Whichever one of them wins, the Dark Universe won’t want to lose
Mark Bonnar returns as the Eleven, a Time Lord psychopath in his eleventh incarnation who retains the personalities of all his previous incarnations, in his first chronological meeting with the Seventh Doctor.

Producer, David Richardson, said
I’d long planned that if ever I was in a position to make it happen, we’d do a story with the Seventh Doctor and the Eleven, and tell the lead-in to the first scenes in the Eighth Doctor series, Doom Coalition. So when Emma Haigh and I took over as joint producers on the Seventh Doctor stories this year, I leapt at the opportunity and asked script editor Matt Fitton to commission a script.

There’s a lot in Dark Universe – not only does it return to the Eleven’s story, it also shows what happens to Ace in her later life. And it features Ollistra and Rasmus, two characters who are important to our ongoing Time War series, plus it sets up other things too... It’s actually a pivotal release, for so many reasons.
Actor Mark Bonnar said
I was really pleased with the script as it gave a bit of the Eleven’s backstory. When I first played the Eleven, Sylvester was the Doctor who caught him. I’d met him previously because Sophie Aldred is a pal of mine, but it was really good to work with him as we hit it off pretty much straight away.

I really enjoyed being the Eleven with another Doctor this time – I hope there are plans to have him meet some of the other ones!
Doctor Who: Dark Universe is available now as a collector’s edition CD or on download at the Big Finish website from £12.99.




Doctor Who Virtual Reality Experience Launches InternationallyBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios) This Thursday will see the international launch of the BBC’s acclaimed virtual reality experience Doctor Who: The Runaway.

Doctor Who fans around the world will be able to download and enjoy the immersive VR special including a 360 version available on the Doctor Who YouTube channel.

The VR experience stars Jodie Whittaker voicing an animated version of the Thirteenth Doctor. The viewer crash lands in the TARDIS and is quickly recruited by the Doctor to help return a strange and potentially dangerous creature called Volta to its home planet.

Where previously the experience has only been available to view on VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, the YouTube 360 version enables anyone with an entry-level VR headset like a Google Cardboard to step into the TARDIS and try out the adventure for themselves.

The international launch will also enable the show’s fans around the world to team up with the Doctor in virtual reality. Until now, The Runaway has only been available in the UK, but is now available globally for free on the Steam store for the first time, is launching on the Oculus and Viveport stores internationally, and globally on the BBC VR app for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

Doctor Who: The Runaway features new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, and is directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous work in virtual reality includes Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. The script was an original story written by Victoria Asare-Archer, and is being published today on the BBC Writersroom blog.

Doctor Who: The Runaway has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and has since been shown at the Sandbox Immersive Festival in China and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, among many others. The BBC VR Hub has also taken it on an extensive tour of UK libraries, enabling people without VR headsets to try it in their local library.

The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)




Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror - PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror.

The story is written by Nina Metivier and directed by Nida Manzoor, both making their debut on Doctor Who.
Written by Nina Metivier
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister.

1903. Who or what is sabotaging Nikola Tesla's generator plant at Niagara Falls? And has this maverick inventor really received a message from Mars?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror




Series 12 Episode Titles ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The titles of the next four episodes of Doctor Who have been confirmed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
Episode Three: Orphan 55

Written by Ed Hime
Directed by Lee Haven Jones

Exhausted and wrung out, the Doctor and her friends embark on a much-needed holiday. But it's not the relaxing break they hoped for..
Orphan 55 is written by Ed Hime and directed by Lee Haven Jones. The episode was partly filmed on location in Tenerife. It features actors Col Farrell and Julia Elizabeth Fogle.
Episode Four: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror

Written by Nina Metivier
Directed by Nida Manzoor

Inventor Nikola Tesla is at war with his rival Thomas Edison. However, there is an even greater threat in their midst.
In Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror we are taken back to 20th Century New York.

The first script by Nina Metivier for the series continues the recent habit of the Doctor meeting famous characters from history. This time it is the scientist best known for his contributions to the design of the alternating current electricity supply system. Telsar is played by Croatian actor Goran Višnjić, best known for appearing in ER. His great rival Thomas Edison is played by Robert Glenister, who last appeared in Doctor Who in 1984 playing Salateen in the fifth Doctor's final story The Caves of Androzani.

It is directed by Nida Manzoor making her debut on the series
Episode Five: Fugitive of the Judoon

Written by Vinay Patel
Directed by Nida Manzoor

Stomping their way into present day Gloucester the Judoon are on the hunt for someone on the run. Who is this fugitive? And why are these alien mercenaries after them?
The return of everybody's favourite intergalactic policemen is in Fugitive of the Judoon.

This is Vinay Patel's second episode for the series after last season's Demons Of The Punjab. It is also directed by Nida Manzoor, and guest star's Neil Stuke and Jo Martin.
Episode Six: Praxeus

Written by Pete McTighe
Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone

The Doctor and her friends split up to investigate multiple mysteries across planet Earth. What will they find will threaten all of humanity...
Written by Pete McTighe who penned Kerblam! for the last series.

It is directed by Jamie Magnus Stone who was responsible for the acclaimed first episode of this series Spyfall, and guest stars include Matthew McNulty and Joana Borja. The majority of the episode was filmed in South Africa.




Thirteenth Doctor #1 Special Variant CoverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan)A special variant Cover has been created for the latest Doctor Who Comic, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor S2 #1, which will raise money to help those fighting the Australian Wildfires.

The cover variant is by Stewart McKenny with colour by John Law, and is available exclusively through Comics Etc, one of Australia's leading comic book retailers. It is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Stewart McKenny has been described as one of Australia's most prolifically published comic book artists. He has worked on Star Wars comics, including Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, as well as working on Captain America. His British small press work includes contributions to FutureQuake.

McKenny revealed the news on his Facebook page.
I've been a huge fan of Doctor Who ever since I was a kid (Tom Baker was my first Doctor) - and the opportunity to create official Doctor Who artwork is something that's always been on my Bucket List! What's more, this issue really does have it all - David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, Autons AND Weeping Angels, in a reimagining of one of my favourite episodes ever - 'Blink'!
Comics Etc is donating $5 to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service for each copy purchased of this variant comic.
Wendy and I are constantly overwhelmed by the support that you guys give us, and we're really hoping that you can get behind this comic. We're hoping that every cent donated through the sales of this comic will, in some way, make a difference, and bring some hope, to the country during this desperate time - and what is Doctor Who if not a symbol of hope?




Doctor Who Magazine Special 54Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special 54 (Credit: Panini)The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition is out now.

  Highlights include:


  • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who’s executive producer Matt Strevens.
  • Jodie Whittaker on her second year as the Doctor.
  • Mandip Gill, aka Yaz, answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • Shaun Dooley and Jodie Whittaker recall the making of the charity album Got it Covered.
  • Terrance Dicks’ widow, Elsa, and his former Target Books editor, Brenda Gardner, pay tribute to the much-loved writer.
  • Twenty years since its original broadcast, Steven Moffat remembers The Curse of Fatal Death.
  • Highlights of the Series 12 press day.
  • Inside the popular YouTube series Terry Nation Army.
  • Digital artist Sophie Cowdrey discusses her work.
  • The past, present and future of the Doctor Who Blu-ray collection.
  • Behind the scenes of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection.
  • The 20 landmark Doctor Who audio releases from Big Finish.
  • A look back at the 2019 production of Mission to the Unknown.
  • Reviews of the final two Doctor Who: Infinity games and the new independent drama Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor.
  • Tributes to Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2019. 


On sale from Thursday 2 January 2020 £6.99 (UK), $13.99 (US)




Orphan 55 - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Orphan 55.

The story is written by Ed Hime, who penned the 2018 story It Takes You Away and is directed by Lee Haven Jones
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Lee Haven Jones
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

The Doctor and her friends discover that the luxury resort where they are holidaying is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters attacking Tranquillity Spa?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

Orphan 55: Sylas (Lewin Lloyd) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Benni (Col Farrell), Vilma (Julia Elizabeth Fogle) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Kane (Laura Fraser) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Nevi (James Buckley) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
COMING SOON | Orphan 55




Doctor Who - Spyfall - Arrives TodayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who returns to TV screens around the world today with the launch of the 38th series of the show, the twelfth since the series returned in 2005.
Doctor Who: Spyfall: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
The series returns with Spyfall, written by showrunner Chris Chibnall and starring Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.
Guest-starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry

Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces, so MI6 turns to the only people who can help - The Doctor and friends.

As the team travels the globe looking for answers, attacks come from all sides. Earth’s security rests on their shoulders - but where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them?
The series launches on BBC One at 6.55pm on New Year's Day, with the Australian/New Zealand debut about an hour later at 6:55am AEDT/9:00am NZDT on ABC's online iView service and TVNZ 2, and the American/Canadian debut following a few hours later at 8pm ET on BBC America and CTV Sci-Fi channel. Viewers in Australia can also see it on television at at 7.30pm on ABC.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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The Thirteenth Doctor Meets the Tenth in Comic FormBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor join forces in battle against the Weeping Angels and the Autons in the latest comic from Titan, due to be released in the new year.

THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR YEAR 2 ISSUE #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colourist: Colourist
Doctor Who NewsEisner-nominated writer Jody Houser and Witchblade artist Roberta Ingranata return for a brand new story in the Thirteenth Doctor comic series. An epic adventure spinning off the new season starting in the new year, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. With her pals, Ryan, Yaz and Graham, the Doctor encounters a familiar foe, and it'll take a familiar face to stop them!
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Lethbridge-Stewart: An Ordinary ManBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced the third instalment in the six-book Bloodlines sequence of novels is now available to pre-order:

Lethbridge-Stewart: Bloodlines: An Ordinary Man (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: Bloodlines: An Ordinary Man
Written by Andy Frankham-Allen and Tim Gambrell
Cover artwork by Colin Howard

The destruction of the causal nexus continues, as the timelines of the Lethbridge-Stewarts and Traverses are wiped out of existence.

A new reality has been created, so very close to the essential timeline. And it is into this reality that Anne Travers is sent to retrieve a man who bears a shocking resemblance to Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart.

February 1969, and school-teacher Archie Lethbridge-Stewart lives an ordinary life. A contented life with his little family in the Cornish village of Bledoe. But that is all about to change. First his old pupil, Owain Vine, is having strange visions. Visions of a London covered in web! And on the news it seems London itself is being evacuated – a major gas leak and bears breaking free of London Zoo. Can these events be connected?

Linking all this is a strange old man. A man who insists he knows Archie. Only, the man insists on calling him Alistair. Who is this strange old man? What is this talk of the future? And why should Archie and Owain risk everything to go with the old man to London?

Anne Travers has the answers. But, unfortunately, she appears to be little more than a ghost!

Originally intended as a solo project by Andy Frankham-Allen, An Ordinary Man is now a co-authored project, with Tim Gambrell coming on board to share the author duties. Andy explained the change in author line-up:
The same life stuff that got in the way of Loose Ends got in the way of this book. When it became clear I would not have the time to write the novel, I turned to a trusted author, one who understood the main setting of the book, the village of Bledoe.
Tim Gambrell said:
An Ordinary Man has certainly been no ordinary book. I have enormous respect for Andy; it takes guts to admit all is not well and that you need help with something. When he asked me to write this with him, I did what I'd do for any mate in trouble: I shifted things about in my own life and agreed immediately. Andy had laid the book's groundwork for me. This is still his book at the end of the day. The cornerstones of the plot and the structure had been laid, and the cast assembled. My initial challenge was planning a lot of the bits that went in between – plotting the character journeys from A to B to C. First and foremost, this is a character-led story, not an action-packed adventure. There are characters here I'd not written for before, such as Owain. But I know Bledoe, I've long known its occupants and, because I've always been a reader of the series as well as writing for it, I felt comfortable with Owain.
Andy added:
Unlike a normal Lethbridge-Stewart commission, this one had much more than a shopping list of elements. The story was already laid out, the opening chapters written. Tim had a very specific brief. Once he’s finished his work on it, I shall then take a pass over it myself, tweaking scenes here and there so that it more accurately matches my vision of the story.
Tim continued:
What I've enjoyed most about writing An Ordinary Man has been immersing myself in these characters, because they're not quite what we expect them to be. I've loved seeing how far I can push a situation before the characters say 'enough is enough', or ‘okay, you win’. And what really prompts us, as human beings, to take action outside of our comfort zone, or make changes to our lives for anything other than selfish reasons. I've got a wife and a young family, I've got adult responsibilities. And I've done a lot of soul-searching in writing this book. And it's got a cover by Colin Howard. I've not had one of those before, so that's exciting!

Colin Howard returns for cover-art duties, and he was particularly excited by the challenges presented to him:
I had quite a lot of fun with this cover, despite the original brief. That posed a few challenges. For Lethbridge-Stewart on this occasion it required him to be of the same age as Web of Fear’s colonel, however in this novel he is simply a Cornish School teacher in Bledoe, minus the famous moustache! So, time for screen grabbing Web again, to find a suitable reference of Nick Courtney at that age. Then I had to view elements of Inferno, to find a forehead reference as well as top lip! In order to flesh out my digital painting, I also added a blazer and tie of the type worn by the younger school-teacher Brig in Mawdryn Undead. I then opted for my usual ‘Way too much detail’ background of a Cornish Fishing Village. I sketch these digitally first, then paint over the sketch at around three hundred times magnification on multiple layers to allow for necessary repositioning if required at the cover layout stage. Anne Travers was again a challenge, as Tina Packer spends most of Web playing a supportive sympathetic cast member in two-hander scenes with Patrick Troughton, so therefore is subsequently ‘facially in-shadow’ with most of her scenes in the Unit base. I then had to add more of a 1970s hairstyle and dress, as her character does a little inter-dimensional time-hopping!
On top of those challenges, Colin was excited to be able to do the one thing he’d wanted to do since first joining the Candy Jar artist roster in 2015:
I have been desperate to get to do a Yeti-related cover, but things didn’t ever quite work out. So this time I ‘politely insisted’. In this novel I was told that the Great Intelligence’s London invasion is more successful without the Doctor or Lethbridge Stewart to thwart them. I decided to go to town a little with Big Ben swathed in flowing web, and two of our furry friends looming in the foreground of that section. The other element I was originally asked for was the ‘Sphere-crackling with energy’, so that completed my design idea.

The novel is available to pre-order from the Candy Jar website, and is covered by subscriptions.


Candy Jar Books is currently having a Christmas Sale: more details here.





Doctor Who: Series 5 Steelbook announcedBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced the forthcoming release of Doctor Who's fifth series of adventures for the 21st Century in a limited edition Steelbook:

Doctor Who: Series 5 Collection Steel Book (cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)Transport yourself back in time and space with Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series on Steelbook Blu-Ray.

Series Five welcomed the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his new friend, Amy Pond.

After his explosive regeneration, the Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash. Pulling himself out of the wreckage, he comes face-to-face with Amy Pond and promises to take her on a journey to the stars. Boarding the TARDIS, Amy and the Doctor embark on a series of adventures that will change her life forever.

Executive Produced by Steven Moffat, the series features Arthur Darvill as Amy’s fiancé Rory Williams and guest stars including Olivia Coleman, James Cordan, Bill Nighy, Ian McNeice, Annette Crosbie, Helen McCrory, Lucian Msamati, Alex Price, Sophie Okonedo, Nia Roberts, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Bonus features include two ‘Meanwhile in the Tardis’ additional scenes, four ‘The Monster Files’, a three-part video diary, thirteen ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ cut-downs, six in-vision commentaries, out-takes and over twenty teasers and trailers.

The Steelbook will feature new and exclusive artwork.
Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (front cover) (Credit: BBC Studios) Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (back cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)

The steelbook is due to be released on 10 February 2019, and is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon.




School Produces Doctor Who ProjectBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus

Pupils at a special needs school in Wales have produced their own episode of Doctor Who, narrated by Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.

Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn is a school based in Swansea, for pupils aged 3-19 years, with a wide range of special needs.

Throughout the past year, their film enterprise group have been filming around Wales and making their own props for a special Doctor Who project.

Today sees the launch of the completed episode (just under 40 minutes in length) on the school's YouTube channel for free.




The Lucy Wilson Mysteries - Christmas CrackersBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books has announced a festive collection of tales for The Lucy Wilson Mysteries:

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries - Christmas Crackers (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Lucy Wilson Mysteries - Christmas Crackers
Written by Cherry Cobb, Tim Gambrell, Terry Cooper, Keren Williams, Chris Lynch
Cover by Steve Beckett

Ogmore-by-Sea seems to have gone back to its old sleepy way. But adventure never stops for Lucy Wilson and her best friend Hobo, not even at Christmas...

In the run up to the holiday season, Lucy and Hobo help out at the school Christmas Fayre. But what’s inside the Christmas crackers? Why are people going missing? How does everyone seem to be so unlucky? And who is the mysterious Crone?

A collection of five short stories set between Christmas, the New Year and beyond... this book is Christmas Crackers!

Head of publishing at Candy Jar, Shaun Russell, says:

We’ve had such good feedback for the series of books. Reviews have been encouraging and fans seem to have embraced the series completely. As a small thank you for all of the support received, we wanted to release something completely unexpected in time for our readers to enjoy over the Christmas period.

The short story collection entitled contains five stories by a range of different authors.
  • The Mobile Army, written by popular children’s author Cherry Cobb
    I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to write a Lucy Wilson story, having read the books I fell in love with Lucy as a strong independent character who isn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs. I hope my daughter grows up to have the same outlook on life.
  • The Christmas Cracker Conundrum, written by Tim Gambrell (originally given away for free in 2018)
    It feels very fitting, to me, for The Christmas Cracker Conundrum to make its way into print, now, for a whole new set of readers. Lucy Wilson, Hobo and I have been on something of a wild journey over the last twelve months. It started with Shaun asking me to contribute a Lucy Wilson short story to Candy Jar's 2018 advent calendar, then it ran through my two 2019 novels, and the journey now comes full circle, back to The Christmas Cracker Conundrum!

    I love the characters, their energy, their individuality and the world they inhabit. And Lucy doesn't just speak to kids her own age, either. In the best tradition of children's literature, there's always something in her stories for everyone. Shaun gave me pretty much free reign with my short story, only specifying that it had to involve Christmas crackers, somehow. That's more than enough to get the imagination flowing. We all know where the mystery is with a Christmas cracker, until it's pulled. And if my story makes the readers pause momentarily before they pull their crackers over Christmas dinner, then I'll consider my job well done!
  • Crimes of Fashion, written by Terry Cooper
    I read some of the previous books and couldn't wait to jump into Lucy’s adventures. The story takes inspiration from my teenage years as a rapper and break dancer, when the fashions were highly sought after and everyone was looking for the latest trends in shell suits and trainers. Added to the familiar sci-fi genre, it was great fun to write!
  • Imposters, written by Keren Williams (Candy Jar’s publishing co-ordinator)
    I joined the Candy Jar team just after the very first book in the Lucy Wilson series, Avatars of the Intelligence, was published. Since then, I have had the greatest pleasure of working through the entire range. Being given the opportunity to become a writer in the series has really made my year, but I just hope I’ve written something that everyone can enjoy.
  • Past, Present and Yet to Come, written by Chris Lynch
    I also wrote my story for the Candy Jar Christmas advent calendar last year. This story is a light reworking of A Christmas Carol and explores the future possibilities of the Lucy and Hobo characters.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Christmas Crackers is available to pre-order from the Candy Jar website, and will be released just in time for Christmas.